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If you’re travelling to Belize, our travel advice and updates give you practical tips and useful information. 

Security Status

  • Normal precautions
  • High degree of caution
  • Avoid non-essential travel
  • Do not travel
  • Overview
  • Safety and Security
  • Local Laws and Customs
  • Health
  • Additional information
  • Embassy Contact



Security status

High Degree of Caution

Travel to Belize

There are no COVID-19 restrictions in place for travel to Belize from Ireland.

Public health requirements are subject to change at short notice. Further information is available from the Belize Tourism BoardTravel Belize or Belize Port Authority.

General Travel Advice

Most visits to Belize are trouble-free, however  visitors to the country should take sensible precautions due to the risk of street and petty crime, and remain alert to their surroundings.

Overland visitors to the country should take particular care when travelling in the Belize/Guatemala border area, and only use officially recognised border crossings.

As there is no Irish Embassy or Consulate in Belize, we are limited in the help we can offer you in an emergency situation.  However, if there is an emergency, the nearest Irish Embassy is in Mexico City.

You can contact the emergency services in Belize by calling 911 (police), 990 (fire) or 911 (ambulance).

Safety and Security

Safety and Security

Visitors should avoid unnecessary travel to the southern neighborhoods of Belize City due to the high rate of violent crime and gang violence.

Take sensible precautions due to the risk of street and petty crime. Remain alert to your surroundings and be vigilant at all times.

Visitors should take particular care when travelling in the Belize/Guatemala border area , and only use officially recognised border crossings.

If engaging in adventure tourism or outdoor activities, revise weather conditions and the condition of equipment before departing. It is recommended to keep a friend or family member informed of your plans and inform them when the activity is complete.

Road conditions and driving standards are poor. Overland travel outside the major cities and resort areas should be undertaken with caution and only during daylight hours. It is not advised to drive in rural areas during or immediately after heavy rains.

Hurricane season

The hurricane season generally runs from June to November each year and can cause heavy rain, flooding and extremely high winds. Citizens with plans to be in the affected region during this period should consider the need to travel based on information relating to extreme weather projections. Always monitor local and international weather updates for the region by accessing, for example, the Weather Channel, or the US National Hurricane Centre website.

Local Laws and Customs

Local laws and customs

The local laws apply to you as a visitor and it is your responsibility to follow them. Be sensitive to local customs, traditions and practices as your behaviour may be seen as improper, hostile or may even be illegal.

Possession of illegal drugs is considered a serious crime in Belize and can lead to a fine and/or imprisonment.

A Supreme Court ruling in 2016 decriminalised homosexual activity between consenting adults.

It is advised to carry a photo ID.



Medical facilities in Belize are limited and availability of prescription medicine inconsistent.

Serious medical cases are normally evacuated to the United States (at the patient’s expense). Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment and repatriation.

Zika Virus

Belize may have a risk of Zika virus transmission. Irish citizens, especially those with a weakened immune system, or those who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant are advised to follow the guidance available on the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC).

Belize has also had cases of Chikungunya virus.

You should take steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.

Additional information

Entry requirements (visa/passport)

Irish citizens do not need a visa to enter Belize. Passports should be valid for six months from the date of entry into Belize.

Tourists are typically granted a one-month entry stamp. For stays in excess of one month, visitors should arrange the relevant extension, which comes at a cost of BZD$200 per month. 

Departure tax

When leaving by air, the departure tax is usually included in the airfare. When leaving by land, the departure tax is BZD$40 or US$20, which must be paid in cash.


Embassy contact

Embassy Contact

The Embassy operates an out of hours service for Irish citizens requiring emergency assistance on weekends and public holidays.

If you are in need of emergency assistance during these times, you should leave a message on the emergency message system by calling +52 55 5520 5803.

Embassy of Ireland
Cda. Blvd. Avila Camacho, 76-3
Col. Lomas de Chapultepec
11000 México D.F.

Tel: +52 55 5520 5803

Monday to Friday 09:30 to 13:30

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